On Friday, a minor kerfuffle bubbled up on Big Ten Twitter as the account @SincePittWinPSU released a ranking of Big Ten logos that, to be kind, was fantastically incorrect. Now, since this is the internet, I couldn’t just let this wrong rankings go and have to release my own.
And now for the Big Ten... pic.twitter.com/JUSX8utYwm— Days Since Pitt Beat Penn State (@SincePittWinPSU) July 9, 2021
If you cannot see the embedded tweet, here are the wrong rankings:
Woof, so bad.
It brings me no joy to report this, but I have established myself as an unbiased Reporter of Facts throughout many years of posting nonsense on Al Gore’s internet and so...here it goes. The best logo in the Big Ten is actually ::swallows throw up:: Iowa’s.
First of all, it’s called a tigerhawk. Are their two other animals that you could smash together to be any cooler? The answer is no. Secondly, in a conference where 11 of the 14 teams just use a big ol’ letter for their logo, it just stands out even more. I hate how much I like Iowa’s logo, but it is definitely the coolest and best logo in the conference.
The second best logo in the conference is Indiana’s.
It looks even better when it’s also a horny candelabra from a Disney movie, but let’s talk about the official logo. In a conference full of Big Letter Logos, the IU logo stands out. It has two letters, which already makes it better, and it just looks, I don’t know, more important than the other Big Letter Logos.
I have always been an admirer of the Maryland flag and think that it is dope how much it is incorporated into the Terps’ whole motif and that makes Maryland’s logo the third best for me. Adding the little strip of the flag below the “M” is a nice touch.
4) Penn State
The Nittany Lion is cool and the Gothic Northwestern “N” is as well. Purdue’s “P” is the start of a grouping of logos that are...fine. They’re just fine but not exemplary.
Wisconsin’s Motion W is squarely in this category. Listen, I love Wisconsin, both the state and the university, with all of my heart but the Motion W is just...fine.
Bucky Badger is the best mascot in the Big Ten and the band is tops as well, but the logo? It’s average, No. 7 in the conference to be exact, and we shouldn’t be afraid to say it.
These are Ms. I like maroon and gold better than maize and blue. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Spartan helmet logo of Michigan State kinda sucks. It’s generic and I would love to see them make a change to it.
These are all Big Block Logos of varying degrees of lameness. You could put these three schools in any order here and I don’t think you’d find many people willing to write a whole post on the internet about how you were wrong.
And that brings us to the worst logo in the Big Ten: Ohio State’s. It combines a Big Block Letter but lacks any brand awareness because then the entire damn school name is spelled out for you! I know the people of Ohio aren’t are nation’s best and brightest but this is a slap in the face to even them.
This guy, and the Ohio State logo, suck major ass.